6.7/10
37,657
318 user 109 critic

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screen story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
2,375 ( 30)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Vincent Riotta ...
...
Roberto Nobile ...
Anita Zagaria ...
Evelina Gori ...
Giulia Steigerwalt ...
...
Pawel
...
Sasa Vulicevic ...
Zbignew
Massimo Sarchielli ...
Nino
...
Signora Raguzzi
Edit

Storyline

Frances Mayes is a San Francisco-based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes an unexpected turn when her husband files for divorce. He wants to marry the woman with whom he is having an affair. Frances supported her husband financially as he was writing his own book, and he sues her for alimony despite her financial difficulties. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti's offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti's assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, Frances, while in Tuscany, impulsively ditches ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

villa | writer | book | vacation | author | See All (168) »

Taglines:

Life offers you a thousand chances ... all you have to do is take one. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| | | | |

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el sol de Toscana  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,751,425 (USA) (26 September 2003)

Gross:

$43,601,508 (USA) (30 January 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The "German couple" which tries to buy Bramasole when the main character appears on the scene has been edited into a French couple in the German dubbing of the movie. See more »

Goofs

On the market prices are in lire, however the euro was introduced in 2002. See more »

Quotes

Frances: Do traffic lights mean anythng around here?
Marcello: Sure. Green light - avanti, avanti. Yellow light - decoration.
Frances: What about red light?
Marcello: Just a suggestion.
See more »

Connections

References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Humming Chorus
(from "Madama Butterfly")
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Lyrics by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica
Performed by Orchestra e Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (as Rome Opera House Chorus and Rome Opera House Orchestra)
Courtesy of BMG Classics
Under license from BMG Special Products, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Blah. Boring and run of the mill.
26 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is just another one of those "American finds romance with charming foreigner in exotic European locale." This genre has been cinematically bankrupt since the 1950s, yet they continue to churn them out. I let my girlfriend talk me into seeing this - bad idea, we both hated it. If all you want to see is Tuscany, try watching "Stealing Beauty" with Liv Tyler - a marginally better movie.

This types of genre movies are very Hallmark Greeting Card-ish.


10 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?